World’s first giga-scale hydrogen plant set for Saudi mega-city Neom

Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers has won a deal to supply and install a 2GW-plus electrolysis plant for one of the world’s largest green hydrogen projects at Saudi Arabia’s future city Neom.

Neom is a planned city in the Tabuk Province of Saudi Arabia, the first section of which is planned for completion in 2025. The total value of the hydrogen project is understood to be some $5 billion.

Under the contract with industrial gases firm Air Products, the unit of German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate the plant based on its 20MW alkaline water electrolysis module, in what is set to be the world’s first giga-scale green H2 electrolyser.

“As a world market leader in electrolysis we bring in two decisive factors to realise such gigawatt projects: With our large-scale standard module size and gigawatt cell manufacturing capacity per year together with our joint venture partner De Nora we are able to deliver large capacity projects today,” said Denis Krude, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.

“With this gigawatt project, we are committed to invest into ramping up our manufacturing capacities further.”

This is one of the first projects to receive support under Germany’s national hydrogen strategy.

Project partners Neom, developer ACWA Power and Air Products (as Neom Green Hydrogen Company) will operate the 2GW facility upon commissioning after a scheduled production start in 2026.

Air Products is slated to produce H2 to be synthesized into carbon-free ammonia for export to global markets.

“This project milestone with ThyssenKrupp furthers our strong progress at Neom to deliver carbon-free hydrogen on a massive scale in the Kingdom and for the world,” said Air Products chief operating officer Samir Serhan.

“The development and execution of this innovative megaproject is one of many required to drive a successful energy transition, and we look forward to continuing to develop, build, own and operate facilities that help address the world’s significant energy and environmental challenges.

“This project is the kick-off to become a frontrunner in the green hydrogen economy.”

Air Products, ACWA and Neom in July 2020 had selected Thyssenkrupp as strategic partner for its plan for massive hydrogen-based ammonia production at the mega-city.

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